Expert: Delivery marijuana businesses are illegal in Maine
PORTLAND (WGME) – Even on a storm day, many people still have to work, including the growing number of businesses offering marijuana delivery.
They're giving weed away, but charging a fee for the delivery.
Two years ago, Mainers voted to legalize recreational marijuana, but there's still no legal way to buy it.
Now, more and more companies are giving it away, for a fee.
Even on a snowy, storm day, Cameron Harriman is on the road.
He's the president of operations for Bentley's 207.
The company is a cannabis delivery service.
Harriman says they don't charge for the marijuana but they do charge for delivery, starting at $35 in the Portland area.
CBS 13 found several other local companies follow that same business model.
A Portland attorney who focuses on marijuana law says while it is legal for one adult to give pot to another adult, it's illegal to run a delivery service or accept money for marijuana-related goods or services.
“I think some of them are very clever and they're exploiting a loophole, but with the final version of the adult use legalization law the loopholes were taken out, it's no longer a gray area it's very clear it's not legal,” attorney Tammie L. Snow said.
“That's their take; I disagree we seem to be OK, everyone knows what we're up to and not hiding it, I have the logo on my chest, drive around all day, I say hi to cops, shake hands, smile,” Harriman said.
It is legal for medical marijuana to be delivered.
The state is now working on the process for issuing licenses to sell recreational marijuana.